In a 180 degree turnaround from the snowy isolation that had us in its grip only two weeks ago, the sun is out and the place is humming with activity, volunteers, and chainsaws. We're all running on birch sap. We've only tapped two trees, but we're drinking so much of the pure juice of spring it's a wonder we haven't started sprouting leaves.
Spring can be an uneasy time of transition, the warmth relaxes you and then the chill in the breeze whips at your back. Shunted out of the cosy hibernation of winter you blink, startled in the sunlight. Growth is in the air. There suddenly seems to be so much to do.
While everyone else gets stuck into clearing trees, digging, mending machines and preparing to get the garden going for food this year and the infrastructure ready to start making buildings for guests, I'm clearing, digging and preparing different kinds of ground.
Spring is a good time to come out of your winter comfort zone, clean out anything that doesn't serve you, use the momentum for setting intentions, and feel what little shoots of change might be stirring inside. Everything is growing and changing, we're not separate from nature at all, much as we pretend to be. There's no point hanging on to old ways of being for the sake of stability. It all changes anyway. What is it that you really want to be doing with your life?
That can seem like a big and abstract question, but sometimes you get answers if you ask questions in an unexpected way. I'm lying on the ground now, filling up with birdsong, feeling the shifts in the air as a storm seems to be coming, but never quite arrives, and a rainbow appears in the grey sky, only to disintegrate again. I'm writing material for the digital version of my Creative Regeneration workshops. I know the process really helps people. I also know that the trees don't need to take workshops in order to regenerate their leaves, the sap just comes up from the root.
Somehow we've got ourselves twisted up into systems that don't serve us, in fact they've have totally cut us off from our natural power, joy, and ability to choose, and to change. When I lie on the earth here with those birch tree roots underneath me, and the sap inside me, I feel sure of the next step. I don't know the whole plan, but the next step is something that just comes.
We have to make direct contact again with everything we've placed ourselves at a hygienic distance from. We need clean earth, water, air and fire like never before. We need to arouse the strength to then go on and work on radical solutions to the rampant exploitation all around.
We're building a place where people can power-up. For the nitty-gritty details of how we're doing it, sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the page. If you're interested in the Creative Regeneration process, have a look here, and if you'd like a working holiday, drop us an email and come and join us.
Also, we can't keep going any further without financial support. We need a road to bring in building materials and it's super-costly. We're preparing a crowdfunding campaign, but in the meantime we're so grateful for your donations. The best kind are monthly recurring ones (easy to set up via paypal), even if they're very small, as they enable us to plan.
Raising our glasses of birch sap to you! Cheers...